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Overture Room: Technics’ SL-1000RE-S turntable, Van Den Hul Master Signature Cartridge and Grail SB Phono Preamp, Magico M2 Loudspeakers, Esoteric Grandioso C1 Preamplifier and Grandioso M1 Amplifiers, Shunyata Cables, HRS Racks, Artnovation Room Tuning

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Overture Room: Technics’ SL-1000RE-S turntable, Van Den Hul Master Signature Cartridge and Grail SB Phono Preamp, Magico M2 Loudspeakers, Esoteric Grandioso C1 Preamplifier and Grandioso M1 Amplifiers, Shunyata Cables, HRS Racks, Artnovation Room Tuning | Stereophile.com


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Triangle Signature Delta Loudspeakers, Tsakiridis Orpheus Monoblock Amplifiers, Alexander Line Stage, and Zeuss Phono Preamp, Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable with SME Tonearm, Cabling by Analysis Plus

By | November 5th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I have limited experiences with the well-established French brand Triangle Manufacture Electroacoustique. But every time I encounter a system with Triangle speakers, I stop and take serious notice of their refined but lively sound. As I did Sunday in the room sponsored by The Antal Audio Group.

Triangle is a mainstream European manufacturer, like KEF in England or Golden Ear in America. Triangle makes loudspeakers, subwoofers, and audio cables at every price point. To my ears, Triangle speakers deliver an exceptional amount of sonic virtue for the dollar.… Read the full article

Old Integrated Amplifiers in Today's Modern World

By | November 5th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We’re audiophiles. We can’t help it—we like this stuff. We like listening to the gear as well as to the music. We enjoy having a so-called “educated” ear and being able to pick out subtle nuances and sonic traits as we listen to different electronics and speakers. (No! Not different cables and connectors. That’s where I draw the line. Your mileage may vary.) Whether we’re trying to hear differences or not, they just jump out at us. Once you speak audiophilia, you hear it and you understand it, automatically.… Read the full article

VAC Statement 452iQ power amplifiers and Statement Line and Phono Preamps; Von Schweikert Ultra 11 Loudspeakers, Kronos Pro Turntable and Black Beauty Tonearm, Airtight Opus One Cartridge, Masterbuilt Ultra Cables, and Critical Mass Stands

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













VAC Statement 452iQ power amplifiers and Statement Line and Phono Preamps; Von Schweikert Ultra 11 Loudspeakers, Kronos Pro Turntable and Black Beauty Tonearm, Airtight Opus One Cartridge, Masterbuilt Ultra Cables, and Critical Mass Stands | Stereophile.com


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VPI Vanquish Turntable, DS Audio Cartridge, Meitner Phono EQ, EMM Labs Streamer, DAC, Preamplifier and Amplifiers, Credo Audio Ltd. Loudspeakers, Kimber Cable

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

It’s easy to get lost at this hi-fi party. Do I follow my carefully chosen itinerary or my ears, leading me down seemingly endless hallways where music emanates from every corner and cranny?

One such adventure of the latter kind led me to John McGurk’s AudioShield room, where Credo Audio Switzerland, in conjunction with Meitner, EMM Labs and VPI, presented a system with a big, immersive soundstage.

As explained by Amadeus Meitner, the system included the DS Audio W2 optical cartridge ($4500), brand new VPI Vanquish Magnetic Direct Drive Turntable (prototype), EMM Labs DS EQ1 optical phono equalizer (prototype), EMM Labs NS1 Network Streamer ($4500, described by Jason Victor Serinus in his Munich show report), EMM Labs DV2 Integrated DAC ($30,000), EMM Labs Reference PRE Stereo Preamplifier ($25,000), and MTRX2 1KW Class A/B Mono Amplifiers ($85,000/pair) powering the Credo Audio, Cinema LTM loudspeakers ($170,000/pair).… Read the full article

Boulder Amplifiers 866 Integrated

By | October 31st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

The next generation of integrated amplifier from Boulder will begin shipping in all analog form, followed shortly by the streaming analog+digital version

30 October, 2019: Louisville, CO – Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the immediate release and shipment of the 866 Integrated. The 866 is a part of the 800 Series and the successor to the highly successful 865 Integrated Amplifier.  

The 866 will be released in two versions: an all-analog version ($12,250) and an analog+digital ($14,450) version. 

Features of the all-analog version will include:

  • 200W of maximum output power into an 8-ohm load  
  • Three pairs of full-balanced inputs
  • Customizable display and input indicators with user uploadable photos for each input
  • A new protection scheme that allows for greater current output and peak power delivery
  • Factory direct software updates by Ethernet or USB memory device
  • All input selections, setup, and control via a 0” (18 cm) full-color touch screen or a dedicated  

Boulder app for Apple and Android mobile devices 

Features of the analog+digital version will include:

  • Three pairs of balanced analog inputs as well as Toslink, S/PDIF, Ethernet, USB, and AirPlay digital input capability
  • 200W of maximum output power into an 8-ohm load  
  • Customizable display and input indicators with user uploadable photos for each input
  • New protection scheme allows for greater current output during peak power delivery
  • Factory direct software updates by Ethernet or USB memory device
  • All input selections, setup, and control via a 0” (18 cm) full-color touch screen or a dedicated Boulder app for Apple and Android mobile devices 
  • Roon endpoint integration  
  • Apple AirPlay wireless streaming capability from Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad) 
  • Subscription music services access through Roon or their own native app via AirPlay
  • Built-in server software for connection to media storage devices over USB or Ethernet
  • UPnP/DLNA wired and wireless streaming over Ethernet

The 866 Integrated is the successor to the 865 Integrated Amplifier and Boulder’s first integrated amplifier to feature the option of digital inputs.… Read the full article

Sanders Sound Magtech Mono Amplifiers Review

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

The opportunity to review Roger Sanders’ products practically came overnight when a local audiophile called and said his demo period was over and Roger had agreed the Magtech Mono Amplifiers could be hauled to my place. An extended listening proved them worthy of public comment.

This is a somewhat abbreviated article in which I forego the peripheral accouterments of a review in favor of a leaner approach. I normally discuss much of the designer/manufacturer’s background and philosophy. I also typically build several systems with various configurations.

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Paradox Pulse Amplifiers

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Paradox Pulse Amplifiers

“If you want the finest amplifiers money can buy here is your chance. The Paradox Pulse mono amplifier uses only the finest of parts throughout including MUNDORF MLytic power supply capacitors, 12 gauge copper foil chokes (DC PI filtering), paralleled transformers, quad stacked Schottky diode bridge, finest transistors available 4302 and 4281, A/C PI filtering, buffered output to run sub woofer amps, completely hand built, Cardas binding posts, Vampire gold over copper RCAs, Paradox wire.

“ALL Paradox Pulse electronics come with a money back Guaranty less shipping costs both ways.”

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Esoteric SACD Player/DAC, Audio Research Amplifiers, Acora Speakers, Cardas Cables

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The Acora Acoustics room was another standout. The Canadian company has been building speakers for only a year, but they are on to something with their SRC-1 speaker ($CAD37,995/pair), whose enclosure, as per their marketing literature, is “handcrafted using granite by only the finest artisans in Canada.” Sure, they must be a pain to move around, but one could say the same of the amps that were powering them, the cinderblock-shaped Audio Research Ref 10/750Se amps ($CAD95,200/pair).

Mobility issues aside, what I heard of them being fed by an Esoteric E-02 phono preamp ($CAD12,000), an Esoteric N-03T network player, and an Esoteric Grandioso K1 SACD Player/DAC ($CAD40,000), all of it wired with Cardas, was a sound with rich overtones and great physicality.… Read the full article

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Cambridge Audio Edge NQ & W pre and power amplifiers REVIEW

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Cambridge Audio, which is part of Audio Partnership, has grown from its position in the 1990s when it was redefined as an entry-level hi-fi brand — solid yet affordable, a little like NAD, and re-established (by then in its third incarnation) as a house brand for the UK’s Richer Sounds hi-fi stores, with which Audio Partnership had, well, an audio partnership.

But in Australia, Cambridge Audio has instead held its own (and rather higher than entry-level) reputation.… Read the full article

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